How to Perform the Reverse Crunch

Background: The Reverse Crunch is a step up in difficulty in comparison to a regular crunch. I believe this is partially because we do not perform this type of movement often, thus neglecting the muscles in our lower core hips and legs that also need strengthening. The benefit of the Reverse Crunch is just that — you get more lower body muscles involved.

Muscles Worked: Abs, lower back.

Starting Position
You will need a mat or carpet for this exercise. Lay down on the mat on your back. Lift your feet up in the air, as close to 90 degrees as possible.


Action
INHALE: Push your feet up to the ceiling, as high as you can, while keeping your core muscles tight. Your buttocks should come off the ground.
EXHALE:Return to the starting position.


Tips
Keep your abs tight. If this is too difficult, lower your legs slightly, but go as high as you can. Be patient, as this is a difficult exercise that you will definitely improve on with practice.